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Emergency Response Guide

The Emergency Response Guide (ERG) is a guide for first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods or hazardous materials incident. Remember, never attempt to handle a material or chemical that you are not qualified to handle. "When in doubt, get out". 

Emergency Response Guidebook

NRC: 1-800-424-8802

CHEMTREC: 1-800-424-9300

POISON CONTROL: 1-800-222-1222

CANUTEC: 1-888-226-8832


The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) fire diamond is a symbol used to alert first responders to the hazards involved with a given material. The fire diamond is based on standards listed in the NFPA document: "Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response" and is designed to be easily understood.

The fire diamond consists of 4 color-coded quadrants:

Red - on the top indicating fire hazard.

Blue - on the left indicating health hazard.

Yellow - on the right indicating chemical instability hazard.

White - on the bottom indicating special hazards.

Fire, health, and instability hazards are rated on a scale from 0 (no hazard) to 4 (severe hazard). Special hazards are listed by symbols specific to the material.

An NFPA 704 diamond with hazard ratings and explanations for health, flammability, reactivity, and special notices.
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